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Littorin: I wanted to protect my family

TT/The Local · 14 Jul 2010, 07:51

Published: 14 Jul 2010 07:51 GMT+02:00

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"When Aftonbladet confronted me with the information that I had bought sex I knew how much attention such an allegation would generate and that I would be unable to defend myself against it. It is word against word. In this situation I did what I could to prevent publication," said Littorin in an interview with the Dagens Nyheter daily.

Littorin said that it was never his intention to mislead anyone over the real reasons behind his resignation.

When asked whether he has had any contact with the woman who has forwarded the allegations to Aftonbladet, Littorin replied that he doesn't know as he doesn't know who she is.

"It is word against word. I don't know if she is mistaken or if she has invented the whole story," he said.

When asked about what it is he has said that he is ashamed of he answered that, precisely like most other people, he had done some things that one regrets later.

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At the same time Littorin was keen to underline that he has not done anything criminal, that he is no longer a public figure and that he now wants his life to left in peace.

The former minister claimed that he has received a great deal of support and sympathy from colleagues, friends, and members of the public and that the decision to resign was completely his own.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:27 July 14, 2010 by jackx123
smear campaign from the opposition - clearly. just in time for the election.

ok say it's true why wait for 4 frekin years before coming out of the closet. she probably wanted to get paid but he refused.......
10:36 July 14, 2010 by eddie123
this is a shame that people can abuse the weaknesses in swedish law. this so called prostitute ought to be prosecuted. it should be a shame that any woman is a prostitute but not just that, that they will openly admit to being a prostitute in order to achieve fame and make money off junk journalism.
11:22 July 14, 2010 by queenS
Let he without sin throw the first stone!
11:33 July 14, 2010 by seychelle_18
Election is really dirty in every corner of the world. People will always throw mud in your face.
11:39 July 14, 2010 by Audrian
The minister is facing a religious persecution. The law is a reflection of Sweden's religious tradition, namely the Ten Commandment's "Though shall not committee adultery."
11:52 July 14, 2010 by mikmak
@audrian Yes the religious police are taking him and the girl to be stoned as we speak. The church of the flying spaghetti monster (http://www.venganza.org) strikes without fear at the non-believers.
16:16 July 14, 2010 by Puffin
Yeah right - he wanted to 'protect' his family - by using them as a human shield and publicly naming his kids in the media - what integrity

Hard to believe that he was director of a PR consultancy and specialised in crisis managment

He would have done much better to have just admitted it and likely no-one would be at all bothered - changing his story in every interview does not inspire trust
20:36 July 14, 2010 by Mb 65
I wonder if the tax office is looking into the prostitutes earnings?
22:36 July 14, 2010 by Brandeis Brief
You foreigners need to be a little more versed in Swedish law and the contemporary research and social evidence on prostitution, which grounds its legislative history, before you start to criticize Sweden for being moralist and such things.

Sweden's parliament recognized that buying sex is a form of sexual abuse -- using money to force sex - hence it is not a crime against morals, as some have implied above, although courts have tried to water down the law on this point by their case law interpretation.

There are scores of studies all over the world that document the harmful effects of prostitution on prostituted people -- harms that the purchaser exacerbates by his actions. The majority of persons in prostitution worldwide have been subjected to sexual abuse as children, are often runaways, and lower classes or racially subordinated groups are typically overrepresented in this population. Having to serve thousands of tricks, the harms that accumulate in the life of a prostituted person are numerous and extreme, resulting both from outright violence and coercion as well as the psychological harm of selling oneself for sex per se.

For instance, in nine countries (n = 854) two thirds of prostituted women (and some men) were diagnosed with higher clinical levels of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms that U.S. Vietnam veterans who sought treatment! These prostituted persons were found in all the different prostitution venues such as brothels, strip clubs, street prostitution, and massage parlors, as well as in industrial and developmental countries and in countries were prostitution was legal as well as illegal. PTSD-symptoms are often found in torture victims, victims of domestic violence, and combat veterans - not among people occupied with a regular but difficult job such as police-, taxi drivers, or otherwise (but if so, it is typically considered unacceptable and subject to interference from outside).

The conditions inside prostitution and in the preconditions for entering it, rather than signifying equality or the act of sexual consent, are expressions of extreme equality and desperation that are further exploited by purchasers who often "know, or should know" about these circumstances, as the Parliament stated in their bill in 1998. Again, this is not about morality.

Recent studies of Swedish people show that over 70% agree with this law, and a recent report of a governmental inquiry said it is having its intended effect of reducing prostitution and sex trafficking, even though the judiciary tried their best to water down it down by lowering the penalty and the right to damages from individual purchasers.

It would be worth reading more about this law for foreign people living in Sweden, so not to make themselves look ignorant when discussing it with Swedes.
06:16 July 15, 2010 by jackx123
who gives a rats ass about prostitution - it's the oldest profession in the world and if anyone for a slight second think it will disappear - haha - wishful thinking.

Look around the world and see what goes on. Having said that, I don't agree with P but hey apparently it exists in sweden even 4 years after the event.

This girl wants publicity - bad one for the government it seems - and I think the opposition is behind it all
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